I enjoyed the cover of your July 28 issue so much I must compliment photographer Rich Clarkson and, yes, even the Russians for displaying such beautiful pageantry.
Stony Brook, N.Y.
I have supported the Olympic boycott from the start. However, over the past couple of weeks I have had a change of heart, and your article on the Olympics (Only the Bears Were Bullish, July 28) brought my feelings to a head. Now I believe we should have sent our athletes to Moscow and watched them beat the Soviets in front of the whole world.
El Toro, Calif.
Why did you pay homage to the "Soviet Games" with your cover picture of the opening ceremony? A secondary article would have sufficed and would have showed respect for our athletes who did what was asked of them and stayed home.
Your compassion is underwhelming.
MRS. GORDON L. BRUNSELL
Downers Grove, Ill.
Considering the sacrifice of our athletes and of those in other countries who stood by us in the boycott, I could not bring myself to read—or even open—your July 28 issue.
PETER B. NORBERT
My wife's only comment on the opening ceremonies was "It's worse than the halftime show at the Orange Bowl game."
W. A. BANDLE
Although I've never seen a British Open nor had the opportunity to visit beautiful Scotland, Dan Jenkins' lively account of Tom Watson's third Open triumph (Elementary, At Least for Watson, July 28), this time at Muirfield, elegantly described this most difficult course, giving it a character to rival Pebble Beach.
It must be comforting to Watson to have a fine player like Lee Trevino remark, "I finished second to the greatest player in the world." Hooray for a uniquely splendid year for Watson!
After his third British Open and fourth major championship in six years, I feel that golf's most dominant player finally deserves SPORTS ILLUSTRATED'S greatest award. Tom Watson for Sportsman of the Year.
Your two-part article on the coaching philosophy of Chuck Noll of the Pittsburgh Steelers (Man Not Myth, July 21; The Teacher, July 28) should be required reading for every present and future coach in every sport in America. Noll's emphasis on teaching the fundamentals of the game and his willingness to leave the "spotlight" to the players should be a lesson for every man or woman who works with athletes.